The Land of the Free

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What, me worry?

I find this utterly fascinating:

WASHINGTON Sep 11, 2006 (AP)— Vice President Dick Cheney says the fact that there has not been another attack on U.S. soil shows “we’ve done a pretty good job” of protecting the country against terrorists.

“I don’t know how much better you can do than no, no attacks for the past five years,” said Cheney, dismissing Democratic charges that serious security gaps remain.

I guess we can all cheer that the US haven’t been attacked lately. Sooo.. I take it that the London bombings don’t matter? Neither does Bali, Jakarta, Bali again, or India?

Or are those just not as important?

I love America. I greatly respect the patriotism of its people, including the large numbers who protest against war and Bush’s policies. It’s a fantastic place. I lived and worked there 3 years ago, and I will do so again. I love New York City, and the east coast. I love the warmth of the people.

But why is this “War on Terrorism” all the government cares about?

The biggest superpower in the world has the highest illiteracy rates in the western world. High levels of arsenic in the drinking water. 37 million people below the poverty line. 10650 firearm deaths a year. 41 million people without any sort of healthcare. State laws that refuse people who love each other to marry. State laws that execute people. State laws that take away a woman’s choices about what’s right for her own body in regards to birth control and pregnancy.

When a government is imposing their own religious beliefs on its people and their basic right to make their own decisions for themselves, doesn’t that make them fundamentalist? Doesn’t it make them just as ‘bad’ as the people they are trying to destroy? Should we gather a big army and rush in to disarm them and put our own president in there?

I sometimes wonder if the government really cares about anything other than saving their hides while bullying the rest of the world.

It amazes me that they are so desperate to disarm other nations, but refuse to disarm themselves. They invade, remove leaders, put their own picks into power. They push smaller countries into backing them in a war with no evidence to support it. They even tried to get New Zealand to back down on its nuclear-free policy (any ships with nuclear materials cannot enter NZ waters) and lost, thankfully.

Bush is a puppet, obviously, as without his speechwriters, he seems very scattered. We all know this. And we now know what he does when someone takes away his chocolate milk, or might have one better than his on the playground.

No wonder conspiracy theorists are so fervent. There’s just so much about that government that incenses me. And while right now in the US, it’s September the 11th, and a day to respect them and mourn (which I did do yesterday, with a flag at half-mast), I can’t help but feel that today is a good day to speak my mind. Not about the wonderful people, but about the government and the truly terrible choices they have made and are continuing to make.

And if that sends you as a reader elsewhere, have a nice day. I do not intend to offend, only to paint a picture of a country that concerns me. A country that needs to look after its own people and stop worrying entirely about what everyone else might be plotting against them.

Only then will it really be the greatest country in the world.

They’re trying to wash us away

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It seems pointless for me to make a Katrina post. I wasn’t there. I have friends who have been seriously affected but they are alive; they’re gonna be okay. But my heart goes out to those who have lost everything… and I mean everything.

Think of the 5 things that mean the most to you in your home. Apart from your family there must be pictures, videos, treasured possessions. Sure, they’re only possessions, but it would hurt like hell. I can’t imagine losing my piano, my photoboards from the US, my box of letters from loved ones.

Over the next few weeks I can imagine that slowly everyone will be remembering more and more treasures. Going to look for something that isn’t there anymore. Returning to a house that just isn’t there anymore.

But that’s enough from me. These writers are more eloquent and closer to the hurt. They said it better.

Survivors/storytellers:
Christastrophe: The situation as it stands

Allison

Hashai: Rained real hard..

Bobbysan

This Is Not Over article: how they failed.

Peace.